Netflix’s ‘Roma’ Leads Oscar Nominations

The critically acclaimed film Roma from director Alfonso Cuarón scored a major victory in Netflix’s efforts to be taken seriously as a movie-distribution outlet, securing 10 Oscar nominations.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards Jan. 22. Roma tied with Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite, which also had 10 nominations.

Roma is available now for viewing on the SVOD service, having qualified for the Oscars with a brief theatrical run at the end of 2018. Its nominations include Best Picture, Best Foreign-Language Film (representing Mexico), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Yalitza Aparicio, Best Supporting Actress for Marina de Tavira, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Its 10 nominations tie it with 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for most nominations by a foreign-language film.

Another Netflix-distributed film, the Coen Bros.’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, earned three nominations, including adapted screenplay, original song for “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” and costume design.

The Favourite earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress for Olivia Colman (who takes over as Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s “The Crown” later this year), Best Supporting Actress for Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, Best Director for Yorgos Lanthimos, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Production Design.

An aggressive marketing push from Walt Disney Studios helped secure seven nominations for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, including for Best Picture, the first comic-book based superhero film to earn such an honor (a decade after the snub of The Dark Knight supposedly prompted the Academy to increase the Best Picture field from five nominees to up to as many as 10 – there were eight this year). Black Panther also earned noms for Best Original Score, Best Original Song for “All the Stars,” Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. The film is readily available through digital channels and on Blu-ray and DVD. It was the No. 3-selling disc of 2018, according to the NPD Group.

And in a bit of a double whammy for comic book movies, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse earned a nomination for Best Animated Feature, alongside Disney’s Incredibles 2 (available now on disc and digital) and Ralph Breaks the Internet (available digitally Feb. 12 and on disc Feb. 26), Fox’s Isle of Dogs (available now on disc and digital), and Gkids’ Mirai.

Other Best Picture nominees include Universal’s BlackKklansman (available on disc and digital), which earned six nominations; Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody (on digital now, disc Feb. 12), which earned five noms, including Best Actor for Rami Malek; Universal’s Green Book (on digital Feb. 19, disc March 15), which earned five noms; Warner’s A Star Is Born (available now digitally, on disc Feb. 19), which earned eight noms, including Best Original Song for “Shallow”; and Annapurna’s Vice.

Like Roma, Cold War also was nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film, representing Poland, and Best Director, for Paweł Pawlikowski, marking the first time two foreign-language nominees were also nominated in the directing category. The other foreign-language nominees were Lebanon’s Caparnaum, Germany’s Never Look Away and Japan’s Shoplifters (due on Disc and Digital Feb. 12 from Magnolia Home Entertainment).

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will be held Feb. 24 in Los Angeles. A full list of nominees is available at Oscars.com.

2018 On Track to Be Record Year at the Box Office

It’s beginning to look like a record year at the box office.

Consumers as of Dec. 26 have spent an estimated $11.38 billion on movie tickets sales in the United States and Canada, according to Box Office Mojo, the box office revenue tracking site.

That’s on par with total spending in the record year of 2016 — and with six days still remaining in 2018, a new record almost certainly will be set.

Movie ticket sales were fueled by blockbusters such as Walt Disney Studios’ The Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity Wars, which with domestic grosses of $700.1 million and $678.8 million, respectively, are the No. 3 and No. 4 movies of all time, according to Box Office Mojo statistics.

Indeed, three of the year’s top 10 movies are also in the all-time top 10, the third being yet another Disney film, Incredibles 2.  With a domestic gross of $608.6 million, the animated sequel is the No. 3 movie of 2018 – and the No. 9 movie of all time.

Disney had five of the year’s top 10 theatrical performers, the others being Ant-Man and the Wasp (No. 8) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (No. 9).

But other studios also shared in the spoils, including Universal Pictures, which had the year’s No. 4 and No. 6 movies, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch; as well as the 20th Century Fox, with fifth-ranked Deadpool 2; Paramount, with Mission: Impossible – Fallout, ranked at No. 7; and Sony Pictures, whose Venom came in at No. 10.

All but two of 2018’s top 10 theatrical releases are already available for home viewing, on digital as well as DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The most recent release is Sony Pictures’ Venom, which was released to the home market through digital retailers on Dec. 11 and on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 18

The lone holdout is Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, from Universal Pictures, which also is the newest theatrical release, bowing on the big screen on Nov. 9.

The film, with a holiday theme, will most likely be released to the home market in the fourth quarter of 2019, observers say.

Also contributing to the strong year for movie theaters were theatrical over-performers such as Paramount’s A Quiet Place (No. 12, $188 million) and Warner Bros.’ A Star is Born (No. 11, $200 million) and Crazy Rich Asians (No. 14, $174 million), observers say.

 

Top Theatrical Films of 2018, Ranked by Domestic Gross (as of Dec. 26)*

  1. Black Panther, Disney, $700,059,566
  2. Avengers: Infinity War, Disney, $678,815,482
  3. Incredibles 2, Disney, $608,581,744
  4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Universal, $416,769,345
  5. Deadpool 2, Fox, $318,491,426
  6. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Universal, $253,588,345
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Paramount, $220,159,104
  8. Ant-Man and the Wasp, Disney, $216,648,740
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney, $213,767,512
  10. Venom, Sony, $213,030,843

 

*Box Office Mojo, as of Dec. 26

‘Incredibles 2’ Tops November Sales; ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Takes Over as Year’s No. 1 Title

Walt Disney Studios’ Incredibles 2 topped the list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc units sold in November 2018 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The latest hit from the Pixar Animation Studio topped the weekly sales chart three of the first four weeks after its Nov. 6 disc debut. Incredibles 2 earned $608.6 million at the domestic box office and marked the sixth time in 2018 that a Disney-owned film topped the monthly chart.

The month’s No. 2 title was 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2, an August home video release that jumped back up due to strong sales during the post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping period, when it briefly replaced Incredibles 2 as a top weekly seller.

Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3 slipped a spot to No. 3 for the month, with Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at No. 4 and Fox’s The Greatest Showman at No. 5.

Newcomer The Meg, the giant-shark movie from Warner Bros. debuted at No. 7.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at No. 8 gave Sony two films in the top 10, while Fox finished the month with three, as family favorite Home Alone slipped into the No. 10 spot.

Disney also ended up with three movies in the top 10, as its Christopher Robin bowed at No. 6, and the stalwart Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War came in at No. 9.

The sustained popularity of the third “Avengers” movie has not only built up huge anticipation for next year’s follow-up, as evidenced by the online fervor over the recent Avengers: Endgame trailer, but it also helped shuffle the list of top 10 sellers for 2018 as a whole.

The titles in the top 10 remained the same as the previous month, but Avengers: Infinity War took over the top spot after three months on shelves, displacing Star Wars: The Last Jedi from the perch it had been clinging to most of the year.

The Last Jedi, also from Disney, was released on disc at the end of March and took over the year’s top spot by the end of April. Its strong early sales helped it hold the top spot for seven months, holding off a surge Black Panther, another Marvel effort that is now the year’s No. 3 selling disc (though it also could end up passing Last Jedi by the end of the Christmas season).

In addition, Greatest Showman moved up to the No. 4 position for the year, breaking the lock that Disney had on the year’s top five. Likewise, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle took over the No. 5 spot.

Disney’s Coco slipped one spot to No. 6, while Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok dropped three slots to No. 7, having been overtaken by its Pixar cousin.

Deadpool 2 moved up to No. 8, moving past Warner’s Justice League, which now sits at No. 9 for the year.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom remained No. 10 for the year.

According to NPD, the November 2018 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Incredibles 2 (Disney)
  2. Deadpool 2 (Fox)
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3 (Sony Pictures)
  4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)
  5. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  6. The Meg (Warner)
  7. Christopher Robin (Disney)
  8. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony Pictures)
  9. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)
  10. Home Alone (Fox)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through November 2018):

 

  1. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Disney)
  3. Black Panther (Disney)
  4. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony Pictures)
  6. Coco (Disney)
  7. Thor: Ragnarok (Disney)
  8. Deadpool 2 (Fox)
  9. Justice League (Warner)
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)

 

‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Grows Into Top October Seller

‘Incredibles 2’ Jumps Back Into Top Disc Sales Spot

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Incredibles 2 returned to the No. 1 spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended Dec. 1.

That marks the third time the sequel from the Pixar animation studio has topped the charts since its debut. It slipped to No. 3 in its third week, but that coincided with post-Thanksgiving period dominated by deep-discount retail sales that usually skew the charts with surges from older titles. So it’s entirely possible Incredibles 2 could have been the top title for four straight weeks if the run hadn’t been interrupted by special circumstances.

The No. 2 title on both charts was another superhero sequel, 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2, which had topped the charts the week before.

Warner’s The Meg swam back to No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 4 overall, in its second week, was Warner’s Crazy Rich Asians, which was No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart. The comedy debuted a week earlier at No. 36, another result of the effect Black Friday has on the charts.

Holding onto the No. 5 spot was Fox’s The Greatest Showman, which slipped to No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart.

Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War was No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart, followed by  Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3 at No. 5.

Studios offered a modest new-release slate the week after Thanksgiving, and as a result no new titles debuted among the top 50 sellers for the week.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 2, Crazy Rich Asians held onto the top spot for a second week, with The Meg holding onto No. 2.

Sony Pictures’ Searching, the most notable new release of the week, debuted at No. 3.

Universal’s Mile 22 came in as the No. 4 rental, followed by Incredibles 2 at No. 5.

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‘Incredibles 2’ Is Super on Home Video Charts

Walt Disney Studios’ Incredibles 2 easily debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended Nov. 10.

The animated superhero film is a sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles and the latest blockbuster from the Pixar Animation Studio. Incredibles 2 became the all-time top animated movie at the domestic box office with a $608 million haul, and the No. 2 animated movie worldwide all-time with $1.2 billion.

Another Disney title, Christopher Robin, bowed at No. 2 on both charts. The live-action take on “Winnie the Pooh” featuring a grown-up version of the bear’s childhood friend earned $99 million at the domestic box office. Christopher Robin sold 26% as many copies as Incredibles 2.

A third Disney-owned movie, Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp, dipped to No. 3 on both charts in its fourth week.

Universal Pictures’ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which topped the overall disc sales chart the previous two weeks, dropped to No. 4 on both charts.

Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3 took No. 5 on the overall sales chart, while Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

Disney’s Hocus Pocus, which had been entrenched in the No. 3 spot for more than a month, dropped to No. 12 now that Halloween has passed. Now Christmas titles are starting to re-appear with that holiday just around the corner, such as Warner’s The Polar Express re-entering the charts at No. 17. And Warner’s animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas climbed to No. 19, thanks to a recent re-issue of the 1966 special on DVD and Blu-ray.

Netflix has released the second season of “Stranger Things” on disc available exclusively at Target stores, and it debuted at No. 15 on the overall chart and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart. The only retail configurations of Stranger Things 2 are a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack. The UHD version accounted for 23% of its total unit sales.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 79% of first-week Incredibles 2 unit sales, with 9% of its tally coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Christopher Robin had 71% of its first-week sales come from Blu-ray.

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 11 also saw Incredibles 2 take the top position, pushing Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me to No. 2.

Ant-Man and The Wasp was No. 3, followed by two movies from Universal Pictures — BlacKkKlansman at No. 4 and Skyscraper at No. 5.

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‘Incredibles 2,’ Three Other New Releases Among Redbox’s Top 10 DVD, Blu-ray Disc Rentals

The Incredibles 2, the latest animated hit from Walt Disney Studios, debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox kiosk chart for the week ended Nov. 11.

Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me, meanwhile, remained at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart for the second consecutive week.

The action comedy, with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as two best friends on the run from assassins, had debuted in the top spot the prior week on both charts. The film slipped to No. 2 on the kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red disc vending machines.

Universal Pictures’ BlacKkKlansman came in at No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming. The Spike Lee-helmed biopic, about a black cop who sets out to infiltrate and expose the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, grossed $48.3 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

BlacKkKlansman debuted at No. 4 on the Redbox disc-rental chart, one spot behind Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, which slipped to No. 3 from No. 2 the prior week.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox kiosk chart for the week was another Universal Pictures film, Skyscraper, the action film about a high-rise rescue starring Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, Skyscraper finished the week at No. 3, down a spot from the prior week.

The No. 4 spot went to Universal Pictures’ 2018 Papillon remake, with 20th Century Fox’s The Darkest Minds coming in at No. 5

The Darkest Minds also debuted at No. 7 on the Redbox disc-rental chart, the third new release to bow in the top 10 for the week.

The Darkest Minds is a science fiction thriller film based on Alexandra Bracken’s young adult novel of the same name. The film stars Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore, and Gwendoline Christie and follows a group of teenagers on the run from the government after mysteriously developing superpowers. The film earned just $12.7 million in North American theaters.

A fourth new DVD and Blu-ray Disc release, Disney’s Christopher Robin, debuted at No. 9 on the Redbox kiosk chart with a domestic theatrical gross of $99.1 million.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending November 11

  1. The Incredibles 2 (new)
  2. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  3. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  4. BlacKkKlansman (new)
  5. Skyscraper
  6. Hotel Transylvania 3
  7. The Darkest Minds (new)
  8. Slender Man
  9. Christopher Robin (new)
  10. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending November 11

  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  2. BlacKkKlansman (new)
  3. Skyscraper
  4. Papillon (2018)
  5. The Darkest Minds
  6. Hotel Transylvania 3
  7. Ocean’s 8
  8. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
  9. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  10. Slender Man

 

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‘Incredibles 2’ Home Video to Include ‘Auntie Edna’ Mini Movie

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release Pixar’s Incredibles 2 digitally Oct. 23 and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 6.

The sequel, which picks up directly after the events of the 2004 original film, finds Helen (voiced by Holly Hunter) recruited to be the face of a public relations effort to restore the legal status of superheroes, leaving Bob (Craig T. Nelson) to deal with keeping track of their super-powered children, including the emerging powers of baby Jack-Jack.

In his Twitter feed Sept. 5, director Brad Bird announced the in-home release of the hit animated superhero film will include the short film Auntie Edna, detailing the events of the night Edna Mode babysat Jack-Jack.

“Many of you have suggested we show what transpired the night E babysat Jack-Jack. Well, we were WAAAY ahead of you!” Bird tweeted.

The new short, which will be available with the Blu-ray and digital versions of the film, would parallel a mini-movie called Jack-Jack Attack that was included with the DVD of the first Incredibles in 2005, which chronicled the baby’s night with a babysitter during the events of that film.

Incredibles 2 has earned more than $602 million at the domestic box office and $1.17 billion worldwide.

The Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions of the film will include audio commentary and the short film Bao.

In addition to the Auntie Edna short, the Blu-ray and digital releases will also include 10 deleted scenes with introductions outtakes; a collection of mini-documentaries about the film’s heroes and villains; the featurette “Super Stuff,” about the design of the “Incredibles” world; a profile of production designer Ralph Eggleston; the featurette Strong Coffee: A Lesson in Animation With Brad Bird,” a profile of the director and his history with Pixar;”Paths to Pixar: Everyday Heroes,” a featurette that focuses on the parents who worked on the film and their personal connections to it; “SuperBaby,” a hybrid of documentary and music video that looks at how Jack-Jack came to life onscreen; a “SuperBaby” music video; character theme songs; vintage toy commercial TV spots; a toolkit montage; global Incredibles 2 trailers; and a behind-the-scenes featurette about the making of Bao.

Digital bonus materials may vary depending on the retailer.

Digital versions of the film will include two exclusive extras: “The Coolest Guy in Show Business,” a partially illustrated documentary about Samuel L. Jackson’s love of comic books; and two “SuperScene Breakdowns,” an in-depth examination of the making of two scenes in the film.